Fiji Time: 9:49 AM on Tuesday 1 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Countries investigate Brazil loss

Ap
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

DOUALA, Cameroon - The presidents of Cameroon and Ghana have called for investigations following disappointing World Cup showings that saw both countries eliminated during the group stage.

In Cameroon, state media said President Paul Biya had given his prime minister one month to submit a report on the Indomitable Lions' "inglorious campaign."

The report is expected to include steps for "a profound and deep restructuring of Cameroonian football," said a statement from Biya's office.

Ghana President John Mahama also said an investigation was needed to figure out why Ghana failed to advance to the knock-out rounds for the first time in three World Cup appearances, according to the state-run Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. Mahama has already replaced the country's sports minister along with his deputy.

Both teams finished bottom of their World Cup groups. For Cameroon, the trouble began even before the tournament opened when players refused to board their chartered plane to Brazil until a dispute over bonuses was resolved. The national football federation said it had to take out a "private loan" to meet player demands, increasing the sum given to each squad member by $US12,000 ($A12,983). The total bonus was not disclosed.

In three games, Cameroon allowed nine goals and scored just one against Brazil after it had already been eliminated. Toward the end of a 4-0 defeat against Croatia, defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto thrust his head into the face of teammate Benjamin Moukandjo and the pair scuffled in front of their goal before being separated by another Cameroon player.

Earlier in that match, Alex Song was sent off for elbowing Croatia's Mario Mandzukic in the back in an off-the-ball incident that has inspired a new song from Cameroonian rapper Maahlox Le Vibeur, complete with an elbow-jab dance move.







Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62100.6020
JPY 57.730954.7309
GBP 0.30440.2964
EUR 0.42040.4084
NZD 0.73260.6996
AUD 0.65960.6346
USD 0.47190.4549

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 31st August 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Extinct dialects
  2. Fiji is safe, says PNG student
  3. Delasau: One of the best
  4. Frequency upgrade
  5. Yato aims for the best in England
  6. Devi: Register for service
  7. PIDF receives monetary assistance
  8. Sugarcane farmers to access free weedicide
  9. McCaw ready for ABs assignment
  10. Charter to be adopted

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sayed-Khaiyum responds to Karavaki warning Thursday (27 Aug)
  2. Guns in town Thursday (27 Aug)
  3. PM's warning Sunday (30 Aug)
  4. PM turns down Ratu Naiqama request Thursday (27 Aug)
  5. Soldiers patrol town prior to sedition case Wednesday (26 Aug)
  6. Leaders hit back at PM Monday (31 Aug)
  7. Draunidalo hits back Friday (28 Aug)
  8. Naqelevuki in doubt Wednesday (26 Aug)
  9. Fear of losing iTaukei language Monday (31 Aug)
  10. Nadolo gets $2 for RWC Sunday (30 Aug)